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  • Proposed bill on fighting wage theft is strong but needs more precision

    Proposed bill on fighting wage theft is strong but needs more precision
    The California Legislature last year considered a bill that would have given workers a mechanism for collecting unpaid wages by filing a lien against their employer. It wasn't a perfect solution, but it would have made it harder for business owners to evade their obligations. The measure failed to get enough traction for passage, though. Now Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) is revisiting the issue with an even better solution, putting the enforcement power in the hands of the state labor commissioner.
  • Drought: California governor seeks fine for water wasters

    California businesses and residents that waste the most water as the state copes with a drought should face $10,000 fines, Gov. Jerry Brown said, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets. The...

    Governor proposes $10,000 fine for worst water wasters

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday called for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets. The recommendation was...

    State Senate bill targets businesses that fail to pay employees

    State Senate bill targets businesses that fail to pay employees
    Workers in California are paid less than the legal minimum wage about 372,000 times every week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Their employers are seldom called to account. Even when they are ordered to pay back wages by the state, only a...

    Clean energy is among priorities as Latino lawmakers broaden focus of bills

    Clean energy is among priorities as Latino lawmakers broaden focus of bills
    Latino lawmakers, who have increasingly flexed their muscle as a voting bloc in the Capitol, endorsed a slate of proposals Wednesday that includes efforts to increase voter registration and promote clean energy. The package underscores how the...